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Removing paint from plastic bumper HELP!!

First I wasn't sure where to post this but figured I do it here.

Here's the situation. The a-hole dealership that traded this truck must have been the ones to do this. It was raining the day I went to inspect/buy the truck and I missed this. As you will see in the pictures they shot the hitch with some black paint, it must have had some surface rust. However the moron that did this didn't even bother to mask off before and there is black paint on the plastic part of the bumper.

This is one of those things I've been meaning to take care of for a while and now it's time. The only thing is I'm not sure what to use that won't melt/stain/hurt the plastic. Car wash detergent didn't touch it even with ample "scrubbing", the outcome I expected really, it is paint after all.

All solutions appreciated and don't take the next sentence the wrong way. I'm looking for somebody that has actually done this, not "well, this might work blah blah blah". I'm not taking chances with product "x" and screwing up my bumper. It is after all my truck we're talking about here. If I can't get a solid answer here, I'll just have to try various products underneath where it won't be visible in case something eats the plastic.

Anyway, I bet cctmobiledetail has experience with this and maybe others.
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And yea, I know my truck is dirty in those pics it was raining here, again, so save the smart comments.


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Try Castrol Super Clean, you can get it at Walmart in the automotive section. It will not harm plastic, and should remove that paint. Just spray it on, and scrub it off with a terry towel. You may have to apply it a few times. The overspray doesn't look to bad so it should come off fairly easily. Let me know how it works out.


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I used laquer thinners to remove paint overspray on my front bumper it worked well for me although having said that the paint was not that old.
Just don't use it on a painted surface as it will remove the paint.

Hope this works for you.

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You might try one of the Goo Gone or Oops! products. I work for the company that manufactures those products and they are pretty good at removing overspray. There is a product in the Goo Gone line called Painters Pal, it is designed for overspray and shouldn't hurt the plastic.
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Keep us posted on what you tried and what worked well, I am sure this info would be of interest to a lot of people here.

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Keep us posted on what you tried and what worked well, I am sure this info would be of interest to a lot of people here.
I will absolutely report back after my attempt. So far a few ideas. Come on guys, somebody had to have a similar experience. cct where are you bro?


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wow lol sorry for laughing what the hell is wrong with the person who came up with the idea to paint it like that...GL with getting it off...paint thinner maybe let me know if you get it off

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It came OFF !!

Well it came off. First I will say I didn't run any where and buy anything new, I figured something I already have would work.

I tried Simple Green full strength with a scrub brush and it took some of the little specks off, but didn't touch the heavy stuff.

Then I grew a sack and grabbed the lighter fluid. Started on the bottom part of the bumper that you can't see unless you're laying under the vehicle. It started to come off, even the heavy stuff, but I had to scrub like he11. Then I noticed it started to turn a little white . . OOOOOPPPPPPPS . . . run get a wet rag, wipe it off quick!! Good thing I tested underneath.

Then I grabbed the acetone (same stuff they make nail polish remover out of). Again started on the bottom and it wiped right off with zero scrubbing! Since there was already a little whiteness I couldn't tell if it was hurting the plastic for sure so I had to grow a bigger sack and try it on an exposed portion of the bumper. Bingo, it wiped right off, easy peezy. It did not melt or discolor my bumper at all, whew. After a quick wipe with the acetone, I wiped it with a wet rag just to be sure it wasn't one of those things that takes a little while to re-act.

I used a little Mothers Back to Black on the bottom part where it started to turn white and that brought it back where it blended in with the surrounding plastic just fine.

So there you go. And the truck did get it's bath after this, so it was still dirty in this picture, sorry about that.

Oh, I almost forgot. If I find out who the person is that did this they are getting put at the top of the list of people I need to kick in the nuts before I die (I really should start kicking soon, the list gets bigger every day if you know what I mean . . lol).



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Cool, glad you got the stuff off.


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i was just gonna say mineral spirits my dad spilled a whole quart in his bed once

nice job

im stilll tring to figure how to clean the bottle of wax that blew up in my bed

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